Workshop Details

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30 DECEMBER

All Day Classes (09:30 – 16:30)

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Couture Qipao & Frog Closures  Wing Tang SHEUNG & Ming Wah PO

All day, 9:30-16:30

Workshop FEE: $ 125 USD, includes lunch voucher. (Students: $100 USD, no lunch)

Materials fee: $20 USD (160 HKD) // students $10 USD (80HKD); collected in cash at workshop

Two skills/demonstrations will be taught during this single class. (1) QIPAO. A rare opportunity to see a demonstration by a master craftsman at work as this is a dying craft, lost and replaced by ready-to-wear qipao, mass produced on the mainland and perhaps with zips up the back. Qipao Master Sheung will demonstrate the making of a couture qipao. From taking measurements to initial fitting, he will mark the design pattern onto the fabric with his powder-bag (a unique tool). To see the traditional techniques how he play with his scissors, iron, needle and thread. With simple manipulation of the fabric, he creates body hugging contours.(2) FROGS. The Mandarin buttons, “huaniu”, are always found in pairs of knotted buttons and loops which are stitched to fasten the collar and the front flap of qipao and robe. We will exhibit these handcrafted “huaniu” with traditional motifs. Master Po will unveil the making of the Mandarin buttons. Participants will learn how to make the classical Chinese eternal knot using age old techniques, from preparation of materials to a finished product. 

WING TANG SHEUNG. In 1959, Master Sheung came to Hong Kong at twelve. He learned the trade from the Shanghai master tailors. During the first three years, Sheung recalled, he had to do everything in the shop e.g.brewing tea, mopping floor etc. you had to watch and learn and work extra hard on your own. Mr. Sheung has spent almost 50 years in the trade, so he has seen the prime time of the traditional Chinese dress. In the past 14 years, he take up a teaching chair. He enjoy sharing the traditional skill with his students. He always says, “Bring questions to the class, you gain the truth back home.” Nowadays people look for efficiency, but he insist that qipao have to be custom made.

MIN WAH PO. Master Po Ming Wah likes to hear people called her “Wah Zhe”, she is one of the very few still working at this traditional knotting craft. As the eldest child in the family, she started as an apprentice at the early age of thirteen. Her father was a qipao master so she was trained by the workshop owner’s wife who specialized in fancy flower buttons which adorned the garments. This trade, like many others in those days, was strictly passed unto the next generation and not to the outsiders. She was fortunate to be an exception to the rule. As a working mother, she started working from home. Her work is commissioned by various tailors and workshops

Students to bring: nothing (Instructors will provide all). For reference about this workshop, download pdf.


Suzhou 苏绣 Embroidery – Xue Fang LIANG 

All day, 9:30-16:30

Workshop FEE: $125 USD, includes lunch voucher. (Students: $100 USD, no lunch)

Materials Fee: $10 USD (80HKD) // students $5 (40HKD), collected in cash at workshop

Su Xiu (苏绣) — Suzhou embroidery is crafted in areas around Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, having a history dating back 2,000 years. It is famous for its beautiful patterns, elegant colors, variety of stitches, and consummate craftsmanship. Its stitching is meticulously skillful, coloration subtle and refined. Suzhou artists are able to use more than 40 needlework and a 1,000 different types of threads to make embroidery, typically with nature and environment themes such as flowers, birds, animals and even gardens on a piece of cloth. A rare subset is Su double-sided embroidery which requires ultimate skill and artistry. The front and back of the piece may have different designs, but the ends are not knotted but woven in so the back can’t be distinguished.

Xue Fang LIANG – Liangxuefang Embroidery Studio is founded by arts and crafts master, Lady Liangxuefang. The Studio is a professional team engaged in embroidery design, manufacture, display, and sales. The Studio has an excellent reputation in the embroidery industry. Their work has been awarded many prizes in numerous major international and domestic exhibitions in the past years. While their embroideries are used as gifts to help cultural exchanges with foreign countries, they also make a significant contribution to promoting national culture. liangxuefang [AT] vip.163.com 

Students to bring: nothing (Instructor to provide all) 


Jacquard Weaving: “Creating Colorful Figurative Fabric” – Wen Ying HUANG

All day, 9:30-16:30

Workshop FEE: $125 USD, includes lunch voucher. (Students: $100 USD, no lunch)

Materials Fee: $10 USD (80 HKD) // students $5 (40HKD); collected at workshop

Create weave structures using “Weavepoint” dobby software and design Jacquard weaving files on Photoshop©. This workshop will start by demonstration and students will follow suit by designing their own files. Time permitting, students can use AVL dobby looms to test their weave structures and weave their Jacquard files on TC-1 Jacquard hand looms. Students will explore the effects of two weft (two shuttles) weave structures.

WEN-YING HUANG – A fiber artist who lives and works in Taiwan and is currently the Associate Professor at the Graduate Institute of Applied Arts, Tainan National University of the Arts, Tainan, Taiwan. She has an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan, USA (1993). Since 2001, she has been using computer Jacquard hand weaving as a form of art-making. Her woven works have been shown in Taiwan, China, United States, Canada and Europe. wenyinghuang.blogspot.com || wynhuang [AT] mail.tnnua.edu.tw

Students to bring: download pdf


Half Day Classes (0930-1230 // 13:30-1630)
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Machine Knitting – Geneviève DION

Half day, offered morning afternoon only

Workshop FEE: $ 75 USD, includes lunch voucher. (Students: $50 USD, no lunch)

Materials fee: $10 USD (80 HKD) // students $5 (40 HKD); collected in cash at workshop

Over the last ten years, computerised knitting systems have shown great promise for the production and mass customisation of seamless garments and objects, as well as wearable technology. This type of knitting equipment has the ability and advantage to mass-produce as needed while also developing knit architecture that integrates a wide range of specialised yarns and explores potential for modular production. In class, explore the creative use of computer knitting machines using state-of-the-art models to design a final object Models to be used: Stoll CMS 822; Shima Seiki SE122-s; Ses123RT. Demonstration of the Shima Seiki SDS-one APEX Design System and explanation of the concept of Shima Seiki WHOLEGARMENT® knitwear. Students will use the Shima Seiki knitting machine to see how complex structures are knitted on the machine. Students will design a simple structure to be knitted.

GENEVIEVE DION – Extensive background in bespoke clothing and industrial design, Assistant Professor and Program Director of Fashion Design at Drexel University, Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. Dion’s research focuses on the investigation of novel processes that allow the metamorphosis of planar materials into unique three-dimensional forms, and explores the potential for modular and flexible production and mass customisation; from shibori moulding of the cloth, to steel laser cutting and folding, to design, programming and development of knit architecture. In 2009, Dion obtained a AWCOMAD synergy grant to collaborate with Dr. Yury Gogotsi of the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel to pursue research on Wearable Technology. Additionally, Dion’ shibori work on permanently pleated silk is in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert museum in London (2003) and the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco (2010).. www.gdion.com || gdion [AT] gdion.com

Students to bring: email instructor


Traditional Shibori: te-gumo + bound resist – Hiroshi MURASE 

Half day, offered morning afternoon only

Workshop FEE: $ 75 USD, includes lunch. (Students: $50 USD, no lunch)

Materials Fee: $30 USD (240 HKD) // students $15 (120 HKD) ; collected at workshop (fee covers the Mr. Murase’s dyeing work using Michel Garcia’s natural indigo on 2 Jan )

Te-gumo means hand + spider web. It is one of the original techniques that Arimatsu Narumi villagers produced over 400 years ago. It is based on the basic binding of cloth but with the use of a simple metal hook. In this way, cloth can be pleated regularly to effect radiating lines of a spider web or to vary the amount bound areas so as to achieve a greater number of variations in patterns such as umbrella, stone wall, etc. There will be a display of vintage shibori kimonos for reference and inspiration.

HIROSHI MURASE. A respected shibori artisan and enterprising designer with more than 40 years experience in the textile field (4th generation textile family). Born into a family of shibori stencil pattern making artisans in the traditional shibori production center of Arimatsu/ Narumi in Nagoya city, MURASE is well versed in a wide rage of techniques. He has been teaching shibori from local kindergarten children to international accomplished artists in U.K., Laos, Australia, Germany, Italy, etc. President and lead designer of Suzusan, a Japanese manufacturer of refined textiles with a branch in Dusseldorf (est 2008). suzusan [AT] japan-net.ne.jp || www.suzusan-shibori.com

Students to bring: none (all supplied by lab)  download pdf

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Felting: “B is for Beautiful Bracelets and Beads” – Jorie JOHNSON

Half day, offered morning and afternoon

Workshop FEE: $ 75 USD, includes lunch voucher (Students: $50 USD, no lunch)

Materials Fee: $15 USD (120 HKD) // students $8 USD (60HKD); collected at workshop

B is for Beautiful Bracelets and Beads! Delve into the simpler possibilities of the feltmaking medium in coordination with elementary shibori resists. Witness the transformation of shape and color that both processes provide. While under the conditions of an acid dye bath, the colorful, solid wool forms will deepen in color and shift their shape under the pressure of the resist. Enjoy a few hours to explore the contemporary expression of colour and wool.

JORIE JOHNSON – An American born textile artist (now residing in Japan) interested in the ways of wool fiber since 1978, when first introduced to Scandinavian boot-making. She studied Textile Design in the USA (RISD) and Finland (KOTO) and has been a part-time lecturer at various Japanese institutions during her 23 years in Kyoto. Always interested in the capability of the wool fiber and contemporary applications of the feltmaking medium, her studio, Joi Rae Textiles, produces limited additions of accessories, clothing and interior art works.  www.JoiRae.com || jj [AT] joirae.com

Students to bring: download pdf

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Heat Transfer: “Plasticity + Printing: Dye sublimation printing on polyester” –  Instructor: Ana Lisa HEDSTROM

Half day, offered morning and afternoon

Workshop FEE: $ 75 USD, includes lunch voucher (Students: $50 USD, no lunch)

Materials Fee: $15 USD (120 HKD) // students $8 (60HKD); collected at workshop

Create permanent pleats and shapes for use in clothing and art textiles! Using digitally printed transfer paper, we will transfer solid colors and printed shibori patterns from scanned fabric to a variety of poly substrates: organza, crepe, poly felt. With itajime folds, mokume shibori stitching, and arashi pleats we will create textured bundles which will be flattened and heat set in the press. We will also learn how to make our own transfer paper with disperse dye, and experiment with collage effects, stencil and found object resists, and making mono-prints. Designing with these textiles will be part of classroom discussion.

ANA LISA HEDSTROM – California artist, Ana Lisa Hedstrom, creates signature shibori fabrics for clothing and art quilts. She has designed transfer printed modular wall pieces for private commissions and public art including a piece for the Emeryville City Hall and the American Embassy in Brunei. Her work is included in many international books and publications and is in the collections of the Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York, NY; Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY; the DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, CA. www.analisahedstrom.com || hedstorms [AT] earthlink.net

Students to bring: download pdf


Digital Laser Engraving – Guoxiang YUAN

Half day, offered morning and afternoon

Workshop FEE: $75 USD, includes lunch voucher (Students: $50 USD, no lunch)

Materials Fee: $10 USD (80 HKD) // students $5 (40HKD); collected at workshop 

Laser engraving, referred to as a computer-aided design process, has been applied in textiles and fashion design. The application of this technique can create unique appearance on surface of textiles without chemical application as an environmentally friendly finishing. By using computer and Photoshop©, various patterns can be engraved through laser beam scanning. Different kinds of fabrics such as cotton, polyester, rayon and wool can be treated for design effects. In this workshop, we will learn some basic techniques of laser engraving and make design application using the technique for new design images. Denim fabric and patterns (jpeg format) will be provided for the laser engraving demonstration. Participants are encouraged to prepare their own pattens (jpeg format) and bring own denim garments or accessories for laser engraving design practice. 

GUOXIANG YUAN.  PhD candidate at the Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, working on a project entitled, “Novel Surface Treatment for Fashion Garments”. His work has been exhibited in HK, China, France, UK, USA, Japan and Thailand and received the Silver Award in the biennale ‘From Lausanne to Beijing 6th International Fibre Art Biennale’ and the Golden Award in ‘The 2nd China International Youth Fur Fashion Design Competition – IFTF (International Fur Trade Federation)’. vogue [AT] 126.com

Students to bring: download pdf


Traditional Suzhou Embroidery – to be confirmed


1 JANUARY

All Day Classes

Natural Dye: indigo + tannins – Michel GARCIA

9:30-16:30

Offsite @ Cloth Haven Studio

Workshop FEE: $125 USD, includes lunch (Students $100)

Materials Fee: $27 USD (200 HKD) // students $14 (100HKD); collected in cash at workshop

A comprehensive Indigo Workshop to demystify one of the most celebrated coloring matters in our history. Michel will cover quick totally organic reduction methods to kick start indigo vat. To compliment the easy to use indigo dye, Michel will explore another ancient and pervasive colors in the world – different types of tannin. Combining the two basic dyes, we can achieve a remarkable range of fast natural colors..

MICHEL GARCIA – Botanist, chemist, dyer, and naturalist. Michel is the founder of Couleur Garance (est 1998) in Lauris, France, and established Le Jardin Conservatoire de Plantes Tinctoriales (Botanical Garden of Dye Plants) in 2002 as a horticultural resource for chemists, natural dye researchers, and botanists. He has been instrumental in revitalizing the natural dye scene in France and abroad. Michel’s efforts have been pivotal to cultivating a greater understanding of natural dye history and teaching more sustainable adaptations for current practice. www.naturaldyeworkshop.com

Students to bring: download pdf


2 JANUARY 

All Day Classes

(REPEAT) Natural Dye: indigo + tannins – Michel GARCIA

9:30-16:30

Offsite @ Cloth Haven Studio

Workshop FEE: $ 125  USD, includes lunch (students $100)

Materials Fee: $27 USD (200 HKD) // students $14 (100HKD); collected in cash at workshop

See above for course details

See above for Michel GARCIA bio

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Felting: “Shibori + Berets” – Jorie JOHNSON

9:30 – 16:30

Offsite @ Diocesan Boys’ School

Workshop FEE: $ 125 USD, includes lunch (Students $100, no lunch)

Materials Fee: $20 USD (160 HKD) // students $10 (80HKD); collected in cash at workshop

The difference between a brimmed hat and a beret is like the main course and dessert. The quality of felt, shape and drape that a beret requires merits special attention. We will design a beret which will be over-dyed to enhance (or erase) design motif. Consider dip-dye, over-dyeing of design, shaped-dyeing with simple and effective Shibori techniques as part of the general design process which will also include inlay techniques of previously dyed fabric such as organza, chiffon or cotton gauze.
Well felted, nicely shaped and uniquely dyed head toppers will be our goal.

JORIE JOHNSON – An American born textile artist (now residing in Japan) interested in the ways of wool fiber since 1978, when first introduced to Scandinavian boot-making. She studied Textile Design in the USA (RISD) and Finland (KOTO) and has been a part-time lecturer at various Japanese institutions during her 23 years in Kyoto. Always interested in the capability of the wool fiber and contemporary applications of the feltmaking medium, her studio, Joi Rae Textiles, produces limited additions of accessories, clothing and interior art works. www.JoiRae.com  || jj [AT] joirae.com

Students to bring: download pdf

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